Asia Agroecology and Climate Justice Encounter held in Sri Lanka saw rich exchanges on peasant agroecology initiatives

The Asia Agroecology and Climate Justice Encounter, which comprised several members of La Via Campesina (LVC) in the Asian continent took place in Sri Lanka from 11-13 June. 

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The encounter was hosted by MONLAR, a member of LVC, and witnessed over 60 participants from East, South East and South Asian countries share their regional and local experiences of agroecological practices and its role in mitigating the climate crisis that is plaguing the world.

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Corporate food system currently contributes between 44 and 57% of global greenhouse emissions

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2017-06-07_AgriBusiness.jpgAs never before, agriculture today plays a role in all of the unfolding crises of the twenty-first century. Despite producing many more calories than are needed to feed humanity, the globalized food system leaves a billion people hungry, and another billion with micronutrient deficiency (Kremen, Iles and Bacon, 2012). 

At the same time, the growing dependence on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, as well as petroleum, coupled with oversized feedlots and global commodity routes, make the planet’s food system among the chief factors contributing to carbon dioxide and methane emissions causing global climate change (Tilman et al. 2001).

The modernization of global agriculture has meant the application of technologies that maximize short-term yields at the same time as they undermine the long-term factors of agricultural productivity and stability, such as soil fertility, water cycles, seed diversity and local knowledge.

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Korean Women Peasants' Association (KWPA) opens 'Women Peasants' Agroecology School'

2017-04-17 KWPA AEschool3.jpgOn the 12th of April, the Korean Women Peasants’ Association opened a ‘Women Peasants' Agroecology School’ at Sangju Seunggok, Green Village in Gyeongbuk. 

The two-daylong introductory session was attended by 20 peasant women from all over South Korea. The agroecology program at the new school is divided into four learning sessions spread across several months and combining a mix of theoretical and on-field training. The first session, held on the 12th and the 13th of April, explored the peasant way of life and the role of peasant agriculture in advancing food sovereignty. 

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One of India’s Largest Training Camps on Ecological Agriculture Ongoing in Karnataka

2017-01-16 Public.jpegMasses of people gathered together is not an unusual sight in India; this is common at religious events or political mobilizations. But to see thousands of farmers come together to attend a class on ecological farming is extraordinary. One such class is taking place at the Muruga Matha, a religious institution in southern Karnataka, where a five-day intensive study camp on a chemical-free farming method called Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) is taking place. 

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